I’ve had Buckethead on my “to see live” list for a while. Their marketing reached me this time and when I learned he was coming to town, I got tickets. I learned about him when I was in college. There’s not much more to really say other than Buckethead is probably one of the most technically proficient guitar players living. Combined with an appearance so mysterious you can’t do anything other than look, and wonder how this man got so good.Read More
Furthering my DC hardcore education and catching up on some of the experiences I missed back in the day I made sure to get tickets for this reunion. Dag Nasty playing a night in DC? Let’s go! I “couldn’t have timed this show any better” I thought as I walked right as they started playing their first song of the set.
*Thanks to Joesuburb for this steller video of the show.Read More
Actually attending a live performance can make an artist endearing. Here is an example. Sure, I’ve known about Pusha T since he was on Pharrell’s label Star Trak with his brother as The Clipse. Admittedly, I’ve not really head much of his work outside of The Clipse’s and appearances on a couple of Kanye tracks. As the excitement built approaching the performance date I’d have conversations with my friend and learn some cool tid bits. One being that King Push is the CEO of Kanye’s record label GOOD Music. I made sure to listen to his new record “King Push” so I could be familiar with the material. By the end of the show I had become a fan, going through his previous releases. Back tracking and learning more. I don’t really know much else to say other than King Push’s set was compelling, endearing, and overall a good time. The crowd was live, vibe was good, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the event. It was one of the best “hip hop” shows I’ve been to in a while.Read More
I had to pull some strings to get into this show. By the time I decided to attend it was sold out! Luckily, a friend of mine who lives in LA is connected to the band. I explained to her that I wanted to go but, “the show in DC was sold out”. The next day I received an email from their tour manager detailing I was granted a press pass and a +1. Things did get off to a little bit of a rough start. I forgot my phone at home! Hence I wasn’t able to get any photos. However, I did a little web surfing and found some great footage from the DC performance (see video below). As soon as I entered the building my anxiety of not having my phone subsided. I have to admit, it was nice to be present and enjoy the performance instead of constantly checking it or thinking of the next “cool” photo to post to Instagram.Read More
This is becoming a tradition now. I fly out to LA in the Fall, record a handful of songs with my friend, and hit Camp Flog Gnaw. 2015 was the 4th Annual carnival, however only the second one I’ve attended and it did not disappoint. I listened to the openers (Prof) via Dash Radio / The Shane Show while commuting to the Los Angeles Coliseum for the event. We entered the camp grounds to “Get Away” from The Internet which served as the perfect soundtrack to the beginning of the night. After enjoying a few more songs from The Internet we decided to walk around and get familiar with the rest of the festival grounds.Read More